According to the Bulls, Green will be reevaluated in approximately two weeks. Since that’s just the timeline for a reexamination, the 29-year-old will likely miss more time beyond that, but it sounds like it shouldn’t be a long-term absence. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports (via Twitter) that the club is optimistic about Green’s chances to return within about a month.
Green has been a rotation regular for the Bulls when healthy this season, averaging 5.9 PPG and 2.9 RPG on .587/.382/.674 shooting in 28 games (16.0 MPG). However, right knee soreness has been a recurring issue leading up to today’s announcement from the team.
Green missed three games in early December due to his right knee ailment, then another five games later in the month. He returned on December 28, but only appeared in three contests before going down again. He has been unavailable for Chicago’s last five games.
In more positive Bulls injury news, DeMar DeRozan has been listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game vs. Washington after leaving Monday’s loss to Boston in the third quarter due to a right quad strain, tweets K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. As Johnson wrote in a full story on DeRozan’s quad injury, it’s an issue he’s been dealing with for a while and doesn’t consider serious.
“It’s been bothering me for eight games. I just never said nothing. I do a lot of things that nobody don’t know,” DeRozan said. “… To me, when the season starts, physically we go through so much stuff that you just gotta deal with it. In my mind, knock on wood, as long as nothing is torn or broke, I try to assess myself and feel like I could play through almost anything. That’s all it is. It’s nothing too serious to be extra overly concerned about. It’s just one of those uncomfortable things that I don’t want to linger and keep worrying about.”